FAQ Oral Sedation

What is Oral Sedation?

For some anxious patients who want more than just nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to relax, taking an oral sedative before your visit can help. One of the more effective medications is Triazolam.

You should NOT use Triazolam:

  • If you are known to be hypersensitive to Triazolam or other benzodiazepines (e.g., Valium, Versed)
  • If you have myasthenia gravis or acute narrow angle glaucoma
  • If you are pregnant or a nursing mother
  • If you are taking any of the following medications: other depressants, erthromycin, clairithromycin (Zithrimax), protease inhibitors, cyclosporins, or systemic antifungals
  • If you have mental psychosis

Important points to remember:

  • You need to avoid alcohol or other sedatives for 24 hours before the appointment
  • You need to avoid taking St. John’s Wort for one week before your appointment
  • Avoid drinking grapefruit juice for just one day before your appointment
  • Avoid eating or drinking for at least six hours before your appointment
  • You need to have an adult accompany you to the office while you are on Triazolam and take you home after the appointment. They should stay with you for at least four hours following your appointment.
  • As with all sedatives, you cannot drive, operate machinery or undertake any activity that could be hazardous. This includes activities such as walking unaided, climbing stairs, ect.
  • You should not make important decisions (e.g., monetary, legal) for the rest of the day
  • You should not undertake positions of responsibility such as care of children
  • You should not have alcohol or other sedatives for 24 hours after the appointment

*If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to call our office at 360-576-3570

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